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I’m not saying the world is a happy, safe place and we should just stay home and contentedly drive our Priuses, but it seems establishing a one-size-fits-all legal justification(s) is not the way to do this.    By Mark Fiore  MarkFiore.com  February 23, 2015 While most people are focused on ISIS (or ISIL, Islamic State […]

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Tolan: In June 2010, I began to document his dream — now a reality — to build a music school in occupied Palestine. Now, his SUV bound for Sebastia is cutting through the West Bank, a land smaller than the state of Delaware but dotted with more than 600 checkpoints, earthen barriers, and other obstacles to normal travel.

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From the article: Each side, the left and the right, is willing to let its own unfaithful allies get away with murder.

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Fiore: It’s nothing new that the United States is the biggest arms dealer in the world, I just think it’s worth noting that we have a hand in nearly every war currently under way. What looks like crazy countries battling over religion, politics or resources far away from our shores, is closer to home when you peel back the layers to find out who is supplying those weapons.

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From the report: Througout the Conference, our speakers, workshops, and conversations centered around the great challenges to peace and the planet, and concrete ways to strengthen and connect our movements and struggles for a better, more just and peaceful world. Click here to watch all three of the Plenaries, as well as Workshops by Daniel Ellsberg and Global Hibakusha.

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Hedges: There is a word for what is bubbling up from below—revolution. It can’t begin soon enough.

Kolhatkar:  Such police responses to the burgeoning anti-brutality movement are part of a concerted campaign to maintain support for the status quo. That status quo has been in place since the end of slavery: Poor communities, especially communities of color, are expected to submit to the authority of the police state.

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From the article: You’d never know it from the media’s Gotham-esque portrayal of a city riddled with criminals and “thugs,” but on Monday night Baltimore was also a story of good Samaritans trying to disperse emotional crowds. It was a story of everyday citizens determined to dissipate tensions between protesters and police, of ordinary folks cleaning up their city while the media turned its cameras away. And it was a story of determined advocates for racial equality holding a meaningful dialogue with police on the streets.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization April 29, 2015 NATO Team Tops Cyber Exercise Video A team of NATO cyber defenders from the NATO Computer Incident Response Capability (NCIRC), based in Mons Belgium, won the largest international cyber defence exercise ‘Locked Shields 2015’, which concluded on 24 April…

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Ministry of Defence of Georgia April 29, 2015 Planning Conference of “Agile Spirit 2015” A final planning conference of multinational military exercise “Agile Spirit 2015” was held at the IV Mechanized Brigade base in Vaziani. The working group viewed the training areas and discussed the exercise…

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Berry The drones were not as precise as I had hoped, for they sometimes miss the designated enemy and hit an innocent bystander—the sort of operator’s error that we must classify as normal. The enemies of peace resent these errors just as much as we peace-lovers would. And so the drones have very likely made more enemies than they have killed.

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Rosen: The comment didn’t explain why money set aside for reconstruction needs would need to be used to pay for counterinsurgency, which has been a core part of the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan since the October 2001 invasion following the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The bulk of the Afghanistan war’s $800 billion price tag for the United States has gone to battlefield needs.

Giroux: Many people in the United States now live in a culture that is not only being increasingly militarized, but also supports a growing indifference to such cruelty, reinforced by a notion of exaggerated self-reliance, rugged individualism and privatization, all of which renders group solidarities repugnant and reinforces the idea that care for the other is both a pathology and a liability. Hence, it should come as no surprise that the United States currently has more police, prisons, spies, weapons and soldiers than at any other time in its history – this coupled with a growing “army” of the unemployed and incarcerated.

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Korten: A quick reading of the leaked chapter makes it clear why TPP sponsors have gone to great lengths to keep their negotiations secret. The document substantiates claims by opponents that the TPP is a corporate-rights agreement designed to facilitate the export of U.S. jobs, allow corporations to sue governments for enacting labor and environmental protections, make it illegal for governments to favor local businesses, and advance the colonization of national economies by global corporations and financiers.

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Devereaux: The absence of transparency, despite the Rehman family’s tremendous efforts, has been a defining feature of the Obama administration’s drone program. Typically, no amount of evidence gathered by journalists, human rights investigators or researchers indicating the death of a civilian from a drone strike will elicit an on-the-record response from the U.S. government — let alone an admission of responsibility — or prompt an independent investigation.

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Counsellors and psychotherapists in the public and private sectors find themselves at the coalface in responding to the effects of austerity politics on the emotional state of the nation [Great Britain].    By Alexander Reed Kelly  truthdig.com  April 19, 2015 potamos.photography (CC BY-ND 2.0) Austerity cuts and “neoliberal thinking” among policymakers are having a “profoundly […]

Fog of War Yemen

Fog of War in Yemen Posted from GoComics.com About Jeff Danziger Jeff Danziger provides a scathing international take on politics, finance, and everything else you aren’t allowed to discuss at the dinner table. Combining spot-on caricatures with razor-sharp writing, this feature will make you listen a little more closely to what they tell you on […]

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Chamayou : The triggers of moral indignation are quite mysterious sometimes. While the virtual hunting of animals was almost universally condemned as scandalous, the remote-controlled hunting of human beings was at the same moment taking off without any of those same people making any objections.

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